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Real Estate Investment Trusts

Nov 15, 2007
Investment in real estate gives an opportunity to gain good profit for a lot of people. Since investing in a real estate is a great short or long term opportunity, the demands are increasing with each passing day. The price increases substantially over time and this is the main reason for the increasing demand.

There are several real-estate investment trusts that are used by people to invest in residential and commercial business of real estate. A group of people form a trust and a lot of mortgages and commercial properties are managed and possessed by them. Investments are made by the trust in several other real estates. These that invest in real estate show the characteristics of stocks and real estate.

A trust that invests in real-estate works like a company and produces income from real-estate like offices, apartments, shopping centers, hotels and warehouses. Though there are wide ranges of property types, most of the trusts that invest in real estate concentrate on just one of the property types. Those 'trusts' that are specialists in health care are known as health care real-estate investment trust.

A trust for investing in real-estate was formed in the early 60's so that it could raise the investment opportunities in real-estate to a great extent. Small scale investors have the right of accessing these investment funds. The advantage of forming a trust is that a person can select a particular amount of share he wants to invest from various trusts instead of investing in a single management or building.

The trust that invest in real-estate can be broadly divided into three types. They are mortgage, equity and hybrid. Mortgage trusts that invest in real-estate offer direct money to the owners of real-estate by purchasing mortgage or loan backed securities. In case of equity trusts that invests in real-estate the management and the ownership is with the trust. The last category of trusts is a combination of the equity and mortgage trusts. The hybrid trusts that invest in real estate not only provide loans to the operators or owners of real estate but also own properties.

There are quite a few differences between trusts that invest in real-estate and limited partnerships. The main variation is that in case of investment trusts the annual tax information should be provided to the investors. However in case of limited partnerships there is no need to provide for the tax information. The second difference is that in case of limited partnerships there is a limit to the amount that can be invested.

However there is no limit to the amount that can be invested by an investment trust. In case a company desires to be a trust that invests in real-estate, the company is bound to share more than 90 percent of the income that is generated and is taxable to all the shareholders at least once a year. When a company is recognized as a trust investing in real estate the dividends that are provided to the share holders can be reduced.
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Stephen C Campbell (MBA, MSc) is an international internet marketer and business consultant, and has published more information about investments on
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